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Old 01-13-2008, 05:58 PM   #1
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I know that they are old...

... but are they original? I can't imagine that AS would have installed two different varieties. The black ones (2) are left/right over the front couch. The fiberglass (1) over the bed. The bases are exactly the same leading me to believe that they are from the same manufacturer, but the shades are different. Could one flavor be the original? If so, which one? I lean toward the fiberglass.
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:57 PM   #2
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... but are they original? I can't imagine that AS would have installed two different varieties. The black ones (2) are left/right over the front couch. The fiberglass (1) over the bed. The bases are exactly the same leading me to believe that they are from the same manufacturer, but the shades are different. Could one flavor be the original? If so, which one? I lean toward the fiberglass.
Neither one is original.

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Old 01-13-2008, 08:30 PM   #3
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... but are they original? I can't imagine that AS would have installed two different varieties. The black ones (2) are left/right over the front couch. The fiberglass (1) over the bed. The bases are exactly the same leading me to believe that they are from the same manufacturer, but the shades are different. Could one flavor be the original? If so, which one? I lean toward the fiberglass.
The fiberglass one is the same as in the 58 overlander from California, that I had. The black one looks to new.
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Oh, no! When I saw your picture of th fiberglass shade I instantly could smell the ones I had (at home) in the 50's. They all STANK. Perhaps the low watt bulbs will not be hot enough to create the smell but if you intend to go with a matching fiberglas shade just beware.
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Those are from the early to mid 70's. And yes, if you run them with a higher-watt bulb, they will emit a smoldering dusty plastic smell that don't smell good.
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Those are from the early to mid 70's. And yes, if you run them with a higher-watt bulb, they will emit a smoldering dusty plastic smell that don't smell good.
I've happily made the transition to the flourescent screw-ins that are really a good thing on so many levels. Cheap, long life, low wattage, high lumen output, and an acceptable color.

No smell.

Does anyone have a suggestion of what to use to clean the fiberglass shade and the one in the dome light? Also, cleaning the "astrodome". It's 50 years old and so I expect it to have yellowed, but is there something that can stem the tide?
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If neither one is original (Andy), what was originally there. Does anyone have any examples to show?
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For cleaning, I used Purple Stuff and a small plastic bristled brush on the outside, and Purple Stuff on a paper towel for the inside. Wiped down with clear water afterward.
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